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    Haplós: Towards Technologies for and Applications of Somaesthetics
    ( 2017) Maranan, Diego S.
    How can vibrotactile stimuli be used to create a technology-mediated somatic learning experience? This question motivates this practice-based research, which explores how the Feldenkrais Method and cognate neuroscience research can be applied to technology design. Supported by somaesthetic philosophy, soma-based design theories, and a critical acknowledgement of the socially-inflected body, the research develops a systematic method grounded in first- and third-person accounts of embodied experience to inform the creation and evaluation of design of Haplós, a wearable, user-customisable, remote-controlled technology that plays methodically composed vibrotactile patterns on the skin in order to facilitate body awareness—the major outcome of this research and a significant contribution to soma-based creative work. The research also contributes to design theory and somatic practice by developing the notion of a somatic learning affordance, which emerged during course of the research and which describes the capacity of a material object to facilitate somatic learning. Two interdisciplinary collaborations involving Haplós contribute to additional fields and disciplines. In partnership with experimental psychologists, Haplós was used in a randomised controlled study that contributes to cognitive psychology by showing that vibrotactile compositions can reduce, with statistical significance, intrusive food-related thoughts. Haplós was also used in Bisensorial, an award-winning, collaboratively developed proof-of-concept of a neuroadaptive vibroacoustic therapeutic device that uses music and vibrotactile stimuli to induce desired mental states. Finally, this research contributes to cognitive science and embodied philosophy by advancing a neuroscientific understanding of vibrotactile somaesthetics, a novel extension of somaesthetic philosophy.
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    Raderdieren, klonen, DNA en het in kaart brengen van menselijke ideologie in de ruimte
    (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Bio-Ethiek (Dutch Association for Bioethics), 2023) Vermeulen, Angelo ; Maranan, Diego S.
    [Original] De mensheid is gefascineerd door culturele onsterfelijkheid en dit thema zit ook diepgeworteld in de verbeelding van ruimteverkenning. Nederzettingen in de ruimte worden dikwijls gepresenteerd als hoogtepunten van technologische en culturele evolutie. Ēngines of Ēternity is een multimedia kunstproject dat de menselijke neiging om nederzettingen in de ruimte te bouwen, bestudeert door de lens van raderdieren: de kleinste dieren op aarde, die voor ruimteonderzoek worden gebruikt. Het project is onderdeel van een serie kunstwerken van het SEADS ‘artscience’ collectief en vormt het vertrekpunt van een constant veranderende multimedia-installatie die reeds getoond werd in Brussel, Dresden en Londen. [English Translation] Humanity is fascinated by cultural immortality, and this theme is also deeply rooted in the imagination of space exploration. Settlements in space are often presented as highlights of technological and cultural evolution. Ēngines of Ēternity is a multimedia art project that studies the human tendency to build settlements in space through the lens of cog animals: the smallest animals on Earth, used for space exploration. Part of a series of artworks by the SEADS "artscience" collective, the project is the starting point of a constantly evolving multimedia installation that has already been shown in Brussels, Dresden and London.
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    Imagining and Prototyping the Future from the Margins
    ( 2023-11-22) Maranan, Diego S.
    Exploring past visions of the future reveals two key insights: First, we are not always great at predicting the future, but we are good (and unavoidably so) at shaping it. How the future unfolds is shaped by our present imaginings. Second, what the future looks like depends on where you’re looking at it from. Mainstream media, particularly Hollywood, often hands us meticulously crafted visions of the future. Rarely does the wider public get a chance to participate in crafting these images. In this talk, I share some of the creative projects—spanning dance, installation art, AI-generated imagery, and wearable technology design—that my colleagues and I have undertaken. These projects point towards anticipatory approaches to the future that ask, what happens when our images of the future emerge from the fringes rather than conventional centers of power, influence, and imagination?
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    ASEAN CONVERGENCE. Towards an ASEAN Identity: Discourses on Communication and Culture
    (Faculty of Information and Communication Studies, UPOU, 2019) FLOR, ALEXANDER G. ; GONZALES-FLOR, BENJAMINA PAULA G.
    This monograph is a collection of papers used as required reading for ASEAN Studies 231. The course was developed as a contribution of the UPOU Faculty of Information and Communication Studies to the Master of ASEAN Studies (MAS) Joint Program of the five open universities in Southeast Asia: the UP Open University; Universitas Terbuka in Jakarta; Sukhothai Open University in Bangkok; the Hanoi Open University; and the Open University of Malaysia. MAS was meant as a major initiative for the regionalization of education in the ASEAN region. Hence, this course takes on a regional outlook on communication. By communication, we refer to information and communication technologies and media (traditional, mass and new media). This course is also crosslisted under the UPOU Master of Development Communication program as DEVC242.
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    ICT4D. Information and Communication Technology for Development: Global Perspectives, Asian Initiatives
    (Faculty of Information and Communication Studies, UPOU, 2019) FLOR, ALEXANDER G. ; GONZALES-FLOR, BENJAMINA PAULA G.
    This volume was originally compiled in 2008 as required reading in MMS 130 (ICT4D. Information and Communication Technology for Development) offered under the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies (BAMS) Program of the UP Open University. It was a product of field experience, a collection of grey literature and fugitive materials produced in our consulting sorties in Asian countries. Before the BAMS program, there were no formal courses on the subject nor were there any texts. With the highlighting of best practice and lessons learned, the restructuring of the text, and the inclusion of learning objectives and self-assessment questions, the compilations were transformed into what we feel, is a comprehensive textbook on information and communication technology for development. In its current, updated incarnation, this volume takes the form of an open educational resource (OER) primarily meant for the consumption of development sector professionals and para-professionals manning ICT4D projects in any part of the world.